Joshua Bassett is rumored to have dated his fellow HSM star Olivia Rodrigo during the filming of the show in 2019 before splitting in early 2020. When Rodrigo released the breakup song "Drivers License
" on January 8, 2021, many fans thought it was about her relationship with Bassett. After Bassett dropped this song a week later, many figured this song is his retort.
Though Bassett is the speculated muse behind "Drivers License," he could not have written "Lie, Lie, Lie" in response. Back on November 7, 2019, he posted on Instragram him singing an early version of the song
, then titled "I Know (Lie Lie Lie)." A few months later, on April 25, 2020, the actor posted a guitar version
on his official TikTok account. Rumors of Bassett and Rodrigo's alleged breakup didn't surface until mid-2020, months after he wrote the song.